What Happened to Actress Kristy McNichol?

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kristymcnichol 300x225 What Happened to Actress Kristy McNichol?What ever did happen to actress Kristy Mcnichol? Kristy McNichol has been appearing again on tv in Empty Nest and White Dog and the question on peoples minds is What ever happened to Kristy McNichol?

Kristy McNichol had a huge amount of success on the screen in both movies and tv and then she simple disappeared from acting in 1998. From her famous roles in Starsky and Hutch through to Bionic Woman, she hit the screen at only 8 years old doing commercials and by the time she was 11 she was already showing up on Love American Style, and numerous other child roles. In 1983 after she had a few less spotlight performances there was the disapperance from the French Alps where she had been filing the movie Just the Way you are. People speculated that she was using drugs but later it came out that she was not a drug addict but was simply bipolar.

In 1988 she did a come back on Empty Nest did that for four yeas and then after a bout of depresion she quit. She continued to do a few gigs here and there up until 1998 and then she left acting for good.

From what is known she has gone into teaching high school drama.

Her last statement she made in 2001 was “A lot of people have wondered what I’ve been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part — MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I’m not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I’m in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being.”

Emmy 1977, 1979 for Family Nervous Breakdown 1983 Scottish Ancestry Paternal Palestinian Ancestry Maternal Risk Factors: Smoking, Bipolar Disorder

TELEVISION Apple’s Way Patricia Apple (1974-75) Family Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence (1976-80) Empty Nest Officer Barbara Weston (1988-92)

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR Baby of the Bride (22-Dec-1991) The Forgotten One (Oct-1989) Two Moon Junction (22-Apr-1988) You Can’t Hurry Love (20-Jan-1988) Women of Valor (23-Nov-1986) Dream Lover (21-Feb-1986) Love, Mary (8-Oct-1985) Just the Way You Are (16-Nov-1984) The Pirate Movie (6-Aug-1982) White Dog (7-Jul-1982) Only When I Laugh (13-Sep-1981) The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (29-May-1981) Blinded by The Light (16-Dec-1980) Little Darlings (14-Aug-1980) My Old Man (7-Dec-1979) Summer of My German Soldier (30-Oct-1978) The End (10-May-1978) The Pinballs (26-Oct-1977) Me and Dad’s New Wife (18-Feb-1976)

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3 Comments for “What Happened to Actress Kristy McNichol?”

  1. It’s more like Kristy literally disappeared from acting in 1994, not 1998, after Empty Nest’s episode reunion. She did a voice over in 1998 for Invasion America and that was basically the last of her performances. The industry couldn’t trust depression issues that affected “Just The Way You Are” production that continued with issues on Empty Nest. She then came out as bipolar and entertainment seemed over for her especially since her brother had to do Special Edition interviews on her behalf, it was that serious. No studio would touch Kristy McNichol ever again. Her mother Kristy had trusted with her financial matters also sunk her in a financial hole wasting her fortune in 1994 on IRS $4,000,000 in back taxes which is why she moved back into her modest abode from her Sherman Oaks mansion that the late actor.

    Kristy has suffered a lot of loss in her life, financial, career. She lost a close friend to cancer in the 1990′s and then 9/11 occurred on her 39th B-Day. She also tried a come back with auditions for Dancing with the Stars by the 1970′s segment was thrown to the wind. Kristy had a Biography special done on her in 2003 that was very well done. I t was rumored something was in the works of a special movie featuring an American Idol singer and his sister but it never materialized. That’s really the last spike that’s occurred for public awareness.

    Career burn out doesn’t sit well in Hollywood, especially for multi-million dollar actresses. Kristy McNichol made a lot of people jealous with her fortune, unintentionally I’m sure. It’s a tough town.

    I personally believe Kristy McNichol has done well with all the losses she’s incurred. However, there are fans always worrying about her well being since she never married and no one really knows anything about her life anymore. I would guess as far as Kristy’s concerned, that’s just the way she wants it to be.

    • i hqppen to agree with you that Kristy got ripped off.i enjoy how u put everything in perspective  to me she is adult jsut wondering whatever happen to her.well maybe shell read this there are a few of us out here that care for as a person and not the actress and i hope she success with all she is doing in her life.

  2. So many people think they know a person through the roles they play on screen…… People…… U need to wake up and smell the coffee ……… That’s not even close to who they really are!!!! She has done the right thing by stepping out of the spot light of acting …. One does not have to experience acting to know how demanding and stressful it can become….and it’s obvious that she had had enough…. I’ve been a fan of Kristy’s ever since the 70s and she is a beautiful actress….The best thing we can do is pray for her and hope she is watching a sunset in peace…… God bless you Kristy and may he keep u safe….

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